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Adventure Race Towing?(7 posts)

Adventure Race Towing?Sep
Jun 2, 2003 12:26 PM
I'll be doing an adventure race later this summer. One of the legs is a mountain bike trail ride. I'm a strong rider and would like to tow an eager (but weaker) female teammate (we are a mixed team - I've seen them tow on OLN's adventure race coverage).

Anyone know what type of line I should use? length? I faintly remember seeing something written up in a magazine recently about using a loop of surgical tubing at the end of a line....

Thanks in advance for the input.

re: Adventure Race Towing?laffeaux
Jun 2, 2003 12:38 PM
Unless it's a really wide-open non-technical course that sounds dangerous. I'd not want to have a "rope" between bikes while riding on twisty trails. Even if there were no trees to snag, I could imagine getting 1/2 through a switchback and yanking the trailing bike 90 degrees to the direction of travel.

I'd say to have her ride more, or settle for a lower finish.
re: Adventure Race Towing?Sep
Jun 2, 2003 12:50 PM
Thanks for the response - In general, I agree with you - never on twisty bits!

The Section that I'm thinking of towing is a long climb on a forrest service road (about 5 miles).
re: Adventure Race Towing?r-kelley
Jun 2, 2003 12:42 PM
I did a Hi-Tec Adventure race and they had the pros there giving tips the day before the race. I haven't tried this, but this is what one of the teams did. The strongest rider had a contraption set up coming off his seatpost. Somehow, he had hooked up some solid tubing from the seatpost to just beyond the wheel so if the person being towed let go, the rope would not get caught in the wheel. The said you could also use things such as antennas for this purpose. They used a bungee cord for it but said anything other than a static line would work. They had a small loop for the person being towed to hold onto with a finger or two. I would try to find out a little about the course before setting the tow device up. If the ride is going to be technical singletrack, it may not be worth it. But if there is a lot of fireroads and doubletrack, it will really improve your time. I wish I'd set one up for my last adventure race as they changed it from a trail ride to a road ride due to the trail conditions. Good luck.
Unplanned Towingcrosstrail
Jun 2, 2003 1:40 PM
Not exactly your situation, but we jerry-rigged together a towing system during a long ride on a rails-to-trails path. We were passing by a small town 45 miles from our waiting car when a rear hub blew out.

We used two inner tubes and bought about 20' of 3/8" nylon rope from a hardware store. We tied one inner tube around the seat post of the towing bike, tied a second inner tube around the head tube of the towed bike, and connected the two inner tubes with a loop of the nylon rope. The towed rider had to pay some attention to the tension, but the inner tubes seemed to help cushion the jarring from changing speeds. It worked great and we finished the ride.

Now, that's a far stretch from adventure racing. But it shows one simple possibility, without alot of resources, time or experience.

Have fun.
Try using a retractable dog leash (nm)variant
Jun 2, 2003 5:33 PM
re: Adventure Race Towing?tobinb
Jun 3, 2003 10:21 AM
I often tow my brother, who is a parapalegic and rides an off road hand cycle. He is smokin fast on descents but is really slow on climbs. We use a 2m length of climbing webbing with an inner tube tied on to act as a bungee. Its looped over my seatpost and there is a hook on one end that attaches onto his frame. the key is to get something that stretches a bit to keep the tension on, but wont stretch out like surgical tube then snap and take your eye out! also, if it falls off it will tangle up in your cassette.
Ive done a couple adventure races and ive seen lots of teams towing. Usually an inner tube is part of your manditory gear anyway. You can make up a ton of time if you have a weaker biker for a partner (and a long easy climb.) Its really all about the team cooperation anyway. have fun,